The first session of Lincoln County School District’s 21st Century After School Program has wrapped up but with a new 12-week session getting underway on Dec. 1. The program serves more than 400 students every day, with sites at six schools and two partnering agencies.
While the program helps students in core academic subjects, such as reading and math, the program is much more than a continuation of the school day. It provides a well-balanced meal and a chance to participate in hands-on STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). These activities range from making and launching and rockets to building roller coasters or designing one’s own personal empire to creating original pieces of art.
“The program’s positive impact on student and family lives cannot be emphasized enough,” says Joyce Thompson Graham, program director. “We know that our families appreciate this service, because we have a waiting list at three of our sites.”
To underscore the importance of after school programs, the Afterschool Alliance states:
“The image of 21st Century families is vastly different from that of previous centuries, or even the family image of 50 years ago. Today, less than one-fourth of American families portray the ‘traditional’ image of one parent at home, caring for children full-time, while the other parent provides financial support. In 1950, 56 percent of families fit this profile.
“While women are still the primary caregivers, either as single mothers or part of a two-parent family, they are entering the workforce in greater numbers than ever. In fact, 77 percent of mothers with school-age children are employed. Plus, both men and women are working more hours. Average work hours per adult increased 7.9 percent between 1960 and 1998. Nearly three-fourths of working adults say they have little or no control over their work schedule.
Lincoln County School District is working to take some of the burden off parents by offering the after-school program in all areas of the county – Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, Newport, Siletz, Toledo and Waldport. LCSD students in grades 1-6 (or in some areas, grades 1-8) are given the opportunity to participate.
Priority enrollment is extended to students who enroll for the full five days a week, or every day school is in session. Additional priority groups are homeless students, students entering with teacher recommendation for extra academic intervention, and children who are English language learners.
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